Home Bunch - Interior Design Ideas
Posted in: Architecture

This home has two types of solar panels. The panels on the very top of the house are photo-voltaic and those above the porch are solar pool heating collectors. Tim Barber Ltd Architecture. Karyn Millet Photography.

 

If you are planning on investing in a new home, a solar energy system is something you should seriously consider. Solar electricity can very quickly pay for itself and, as a renewable energy source, you can be satisfied that you’re doing your bit for the environment by drastically decreasing your carbon footprint. But what if you’ve already purchased a home recently and have no plans to move into a new one any time soon? How can you take advantage of the power of the Sun without having to rewire, restructure and renovate your home from scratch? Retrofitting a home for solar power can seem like a daunting and unpleasantly expensive endeavour. In order to make a more informed decision as to whether or not a solar power system is feasible for your home and your pocket, make sure you consider the following important issues.

 

How much space is available?

Home with Home with Electric solar system, solar hot water heater, solar pool heater and geothermal A/C system. RD Architecture, LLC.

Solar power systems need space. The amount of power that you can generate depends directly upon the total surface area of the panels you install. For most homes, a roof or a wall facing to the south or west is the ideal place for unobstructed access to the afternoon sun. Remember that peak energy production takes place when the sun is highest in the sky.

 

How much power do you need?

This ocean blue metal roof features a 5 kw solar thin film system that laminates directly to the standing seam panels. By Global Home Improvement.

Having determined that you have a suitable site, next you should calculate how much of that site space you will need. The maximum area of your roof or wall will limit the number of panels that you can install, and this in turn will limit the amount of solar energy that can be produced. You will have to ascertain how much power your home requires. If the area you have available is insufficient, you can explore the possibility of reducing your power needs by implementing some energy-conserving techniques such as purchasing newer energy-efficient appliances. If your power needs continue to exceed your capacity, the only option is to find more space for the necessary solar panels or to use the number of panels the available space allows for to supplement rather than replace your electricity provider.

 

Regulating & Managing Power

Energy Star Home. Energy Star Home #EnergyStarHome TruexCullins Architecture + Interior Design

Finally, it is important to determine how you will use this power. It is possible to consume the power directly from the solar panels, however this will only provide power during the day. For uninterrupted power, you will require additional equipment and accessories including a battery bank, an inverter, additional solar cable, and possibly a transfer switch.

 

Plan for the Future

The 1,500 sq. ft. GO Home offers two story living with a combined kitchen/living/dining space on the main level and three bedrooms with full bath on the upper level. GO LOGIC

It’s a good idea to install as many solar panels as you need, but leave room for additional panels, cabling and related infrastructure in the future. If your electricity needs increase, you’ll still have the option – although it may be costly – of retrofitting solar power into the remaining space.

 

Many thanks to the designers for sharing the details above!

Sources: Images: 1: Tim Barber Ltd Architecture (Karyn Millet Photography). 2: RD Architecture, LLC. 3: Global Home Improvement. 4: TruexCullins Architecture + Interior Design. (Photographer: Jim Westphalen). 5: GO LOGIC.

 

Best Sales of the Month:

Thank you for shopping through Home Bunch. For your shopping convenience, this post may contain AFFILIATE LINKS to retailers where you can purchase the products (or similar) featured. I make a small commission if you use these links to make your purchase, at no extra cost to you, so thank you for your support. I would be happy to assist you if you have any questions or are looking for something in particular. Feel free to contact me and always make sure to check dimensions before ordering. Happy shopping!

 

Wayfair: Up to 75% OFF on Furniture and Decor!!!

 

Serena & Lily: Enjoy 30 to 70% OFF on Sale Styles!

 

Joss & Main: End-of-Decade Dash Sale!

 

Pottery Barn: Buy More, Save More Sale + Free Shipping.

 

West Elm: End of Season Sale – Up to 75% Off.

 

Anthropologie: Extra 40% off Sale Items!

 

Nordstrom: Save Up to 50% Off!

 

Posts of the Week:

Simple Ideas for a New-Construction Home.

 

Beautiful Homes of Instagram: Christmas Edition.

Cape Cod Lake House Interior Design Ideas.

Two-toned Grey and White Kitchen Renovation.

Before & After Kitchen Renovation.

Inspiring Home Renovation.

California Home Interior Design Ideas.

New Home Tour New Home Tours #NewHomeTour #HomeTour2019 New Year Home Tour.

New California Mid-century Modern.

Modern English Country Home Design.

Beautiful Homes of Instagram: Interior Design.

California Modern Farmhouse for Sale.

French Country Style Home Design.

Builder’s Home.

New Year, New Kitchen!

2020 Kitchen Design Ideas.

Beautiful Homes of Instagram Modern FarmhouseBeautiful Homes of Instagram: Modern Farmhouse.

Black & White Modern Farmhouse.

Neutral Home.

Coastal Farmhouse Home decor Coastal Farmhouse Home decor Coastal Farmhouse Home decor Coastal Farmhouse Home decor Coastal Farmhouse Home decor #CoastalFarmhouse #HomedecorCoastal Farmhouse Home Decor.

Small Lot Modern Farmhouse Small Lot Modern Farmhouse Small Lot Modern Farmhouse #SmallLot #ModernFarmhouse

Small Lot Modern Farmhouse.

Interior Design Ideas Dark Cedar Shaker ExteriorDark Cedar Shaker Exterior.

 

Follow me on Instagram: @HomeBunch

You can follow my pins here: Pinterest/HomeBunch

See more Inspiring Interior Design Ideas in my Archives.

“Dear God,

If I am wrong, right me. If I am lost, guide me. If I start to give-up, keep me going.

Lead me in Light and Love”.

Have a wonderful day, my friends and we’ll talk again tomorrow.”

with Love,

Luciane from HomeBunch.com


Load More Home Bunch Posts




No Comments! Be The First!


Leave a Reply

Comment:

Please note: your email and ip address is saved when you submit a comment but never shared publicly. Please make sure you're okay with this before submitting your comment. If you left a previous comment and would like to have it deleted, please contact me with relevant info.



Home Bunch On Social Media





Get Home Bunch via Email

Enter your email address:
Please note: Google's FeedBurner handles the mailing list so your email address is submitted to them. Please make sure you're okay with this before signing up.


Delivered by FeedBurner







Photos are submitted by either homeowners, builders, designers or photographers showcasing their work.
Site Design & Writing © Copyright 2015 HomeBunch.com. All Rights Reserved.